Pragmatics, Truth and Underspecification
The concept of meaning has, since Frege initiated the linguistic turn in 1884, been the subject of numerous theories, hypotheses, methodologies and distinctions. One distinction of enormous heuristic value relates to the ‘location’ of meaning: some can be found ‘in’ language and is modelled with semantic values of various kinds; some can be found in communicative processes and is modelled with pragmatic inferences of various kinds. One hypothesis of enormous heuristic utility relates to the relationship that is assumed between the semantic and the pragmatic. This collection of especially commissioned papers examines current thinking on the plausible nature of the semantic, the possible character of the pragmatic and the mechanics of their intersection.